Katharine Morel & Kerry On Eventing Safety Fund

Katharine Morel & Kerry On Eventing Safety Fund

Scott Linklater, the husband of late Canadian eventing rider Katharine Morel has started the Katharine Morel & Kerry On Eventing Safety Fund to raise $250,000 to help horse trials organizers in Canada fit Mim or frangible safety equipment to fences. So far, the GoFundMe campaign has raised $20K.Morel and her mare Kerry On both died […]

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Can Jump Colors Influence Safety?

Colors influence Jump Safety

Since horses see colors differently than humans, so it’s important to consider jump colors as they can influence horse and rider safety. Horses have dichromatic vision, which means they have two receptor types (light-sensitive cells in the retina of the eye) used in color vision. This gives them limited color vision, with the ability to […]

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It’s time to make eventing safer

Frangible Pin Technology

Every time there is a rotational fall where a rider dies, the headlines across the equine media proclaim it’s time to make eventing safer. I think the first time I saw the headline, “Eventing in Crisis” was back in 2008. Unfortunately, over the weekend there was another rotational fall. Another death. This time it cost […]

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Pippa Funnel Wins Burghley

Pippa Funnel Wins Burghley

Going into stadium today, Pippa Funnel had only a hair’s whisker of a lead over Piggy French (whom she calls “Piglet”) and Oliver Townend. Wearing her lucky number, 77, she managed to hold onto the lead when all three riders had one rail down and win by 0.1 penalty point riding MGH Grafton Street. It’s […]

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Burghley XC Spills & Thrills

Lauren Kieffer

Still no replay up of the cross country rides. This compilation shows the problems that were had on course, with a few fences causing a lot of the problems. I hope Burghley posts the XC replay soon because I’d like to see the course ridden without the problems. There were some scary moments shown in […]

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Burghley XC takes casualties

Going into today’s cross-country course at Burghley, riders were already talking about how tough the course would be. That proved to be correct. Out of 64 starters, just 33 made it through the finish flags; 22 added no jumping faults; and only one horse and rider combo — Piggy French on Vanir Kamira — made […]

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#ride4Ashley

Ashley Stout

Whenever I see a large jump in views on my blog, my heart sinks. Usually it means that there has been a rotational fall somewhere in the world (my post, What is a Rotational Fall and How can They be Prevented) has high Google rankings. Sadly, yesterday that prediction came true. Thirteen-year old Ashley Stout […]

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Piggy French wins Badminton, and the success of frangible pins

Pigg French and Vanir Kamira

What a day for Piggy French! After 24 attempts at the 5* level, she pulled ahead of Oliver Townend in the show jumping phase, to win by 0.8 seconds on Vanir Kamira. Her clear round was unexpected as show jumping is not the mare’s strong suit. Oliver Townend finished second on his 2017 Burghley winner, […]

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